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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Secret ride turns 10

"The route was kept secret until all the riders were present and ready to start. The rules were laid out and checkpoint procedures explained at a riders’ meeting. Then the race began with a “Le Mans start,” which means all the riders ran to their bikes, started them and roared off to glory! Unless they had a bulky kick start, vintage mount…" That’s an account of the first Milwaukee to Minneapolis Tourist Trophy café race (M2MTT) in 1998 by Gary Charpentier, written for the Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly. The M2MTT traditionally takes place the first Saturday after the Fourth of July and has developed a devoted, secretive following.